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Achieving Success through Academic Assertiveness

Real life strategies for today's higher education students

By Jennifer Moon

© 2009 – Routledge

208 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Academic assertiveness is an essential capability that is required of students who wish to achieve academic and professional success. Written for students who are aiming to achieve college success, Achieving Success through Academic Assertiveness: Real life strategies for today's higher education students focuses on the challenges that learners face and encourages positive actions that support triumphs in learning situations. Jennifer Moon creatively explores the importance of this emerging topic and how assertiveness is linked to the process of learning and overall student development, critical thinking and academic achievement.


"Jennifer Moon, senior lecturer (research) at Bournemouth University in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, has written a very useful book for today’s higher education student on the topic of academic assertiveness. This text has, as its primary goal, being a useful guide for students who seek academic success, both socially and in the classroom, though using techniques presented in the book on academic assertiveness."—Review of Higher Education

Table of Contents


Part 1 About using this book

Chapter 1 Introduction

Part 2 Learning how to live more assertively: academic assertiveness for students

Chapter 2 Coping with Challenges in higher education

Chapter 3 Learning to cope: fight, flight or be assertive!

Chapter 4 The display of assertive behaviour

Chapter 5 The origins of assertive behaviour and the effects of circumstances

Chapter 6 Rights and responsibilities…

Chapter 7 Managing more assertively; tools and techniques

Chapter 8 Managing difficult situations

Chapter 9 Managing thought, emotion and self confidence

Chapter 10 Coping with fear, failure and disappointment

Part 3 leading courses on academic assertiveness…

Chapter 11 A chapter for course facilitators

Terms and techniques – a summary

A summary of terminology and techniques for quick reference



About the Author

Jennifer Moon has worked in education, health and professional development in higher education. In recent years, her focus has been on pedagogy, with an interest in how humans learn (reflective learning, critical thinking, the learning of non-traditional students etc). She worked for five years on educational development at the University of Exeter and now has a part time post as a senior lecturer (research) at Bournemouth University in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice. Jenny also runs workshops at universities over the UK, Ireland and abroad. She is a Consultant for Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development. She covers a range of topics that are related to learning, teaching and assessment processes. These include reflective learning, the use of learning journals to support learning and professional development, programme and module structure and the effective running of short courses and workshops, critical thinking, the learning of students with non-traditional backgrounds, and issues in cheating and plagiarism, academic assertiveness and the role of story in higher education. In 2006, she gained a National Teaching Fellowship. Jennifer has published a number of books, and many papers, reports and articles.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Study Skills